We are asking NHCADP members to participate with us in raising awareness of the death penalty issue in the lead-up to the November 6 elections, by creating very short, one-minute-or-less videos that we can post on our YouTube account, website, and Twitter feed. Here’s an example of one that the Coalition’s own Renny Cushing just recorded for us: It’s Time for Repeal the Death Penalty.
Please be assured that we are not looking for professionally-edited videos. In fact, informal homegrown videos are preferable. And please do not let technical considerations or phobias deter you from making a short selfie video that succinctly states why New Hampshire can live without the death penalty. You can record a video very easily either on your mobile device, or on your computer if it has an integrated or attached webcam.
Please note that most smart phones these days will give you tools for uploading your video directly from your phone’s native camera/video application (YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, etc.) — simply send me the link to your preferred hosting site once you’v uploaded it. Click here for additional information on how to upload your video to YouTube (requires a free Gmail account) from a computer or mobile phone.
You can also send your video directly to me and I can post to NHCADP’s YouTube account. If you have Gmail, you can upload your video to your Google Drive account and share the link with me. Alternatively, you can use this free online service through your computer’s browser: https://wetransfer.com. For either option, use this email as the recipient: email@example.com. (Note: please do not simply email your video directly unless it is less than 25 MB in size.)
On September 13, the NH Senate failed to overturn the governor’s veto of SB 593, a bill to repeal the death penalty, receiving only 14 of the 16 votes needed to override. The bill had previously passed in the spring by a vote of 14-10 in the Senate and 223-116 in the House.
Many senators rose to give heartfelt testimony to our cause, including Senator Bette Lasky, whose last action in her career as a NH State Senator was to cast her vote to override. Our guess is that electability concerns drove the decision making of a couple of senators who had been leaning our way.
After the vote, Barbara Keshen, Chair of the NH Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, had this to say: “I wish to thank those members of the legislature, both House and Senate, who heard the voices of their constituents calling for repeal of the death penalty and voted to override the Governor’s misguided veto. It is time to use our precious resources to provide adequate protection for police who work so hard to keep us safe, and meaningful compensation to the families of those who are victims of homicide.
“Those are the goals that have served as our guiding principles as we have worked for abolition of the death penalty. And those goals will continue to motivate us. Our work is not yet over but but each year brings us closer.”
On behalf of the Board and Coalition member organizations, we’d like to express our sincere gratitude to all of our members for the work you did all year in calling and writing your lawmakers, writing to newspapers, donating during our fundraisers, supporting the documentary efforts, and keeping our mission in your mind and heart. Our successes this year would not have happened without you.
Our efforts now transition to the general election this November. We have every reason to be optimistic about the makeup of the House and Senate for the next legislative session. For a review on what’s known so far about Senate candidates, please see this page.